Michael Card Concert Kicks Off CDR Radio Celebration

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio - The CDR Radio Network (THE PATH) is celebrating 40 years of broadcasting with a special concert by singer-songwriter Michael Card on Saturday, October 12 at 3 p.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center on the campus of Cedarville University. The concert will kick-off CDR's annual Ingathering fundraising drive. Currently on his "Scribbling in the Sand?" tour, Card has written a number of Christian music's most cherished songs including, "El Shaddai," named one of the top 365 songs of the last century. Able to weave a story with word and melody, Card has spent nearly two decades making biblically-based recordings which bring to life the Scriptures" most puzzling characters and unravel its most obscure texts, from the Old Testament prophets" promise of Messiah to the hope of Christ's imminent return. Collectively, Card's works have sold more than four million copies. He has earned five Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and achieved 19 number-one songs on Christian radio charts. He was nominated for the C.S. Lewis Childrenâ??s Book Award for "Sleep Sound in Jesus," which was also a finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion Award. Born in Madison, Tenn., Card holds an undergraduate and a master's degree in biblical studies from Western Kentucky University. Married since 1983, he and his wife, Susan, have four children. Tickets for the concert are available for $15 (Gold Circle), $10 (general seating), and $5 (ages 4-10). Credit card orders may be taken by calling 1-800-860-7625. The concert will serve as a prelude to CDR Radio's annual fundraising event called Ingathering, which begins October 16 and concludes October 19. Wayne Pederson, president of Mission America and former executive director of the National Religious Broadcasters association, will serve as the co-host for Ingathering 2002, along with Jon Fugler, general manager of K-Life Radio of San Luis Obispo, Calif. CDR Radio will open the phone lines for listeners to call in with programming comments and to contribute to the non-commercial network. The station's financial goal is $768,000 for operational expenses. "We are extremely thankful for the generous support of friends in the Dayton/Springfield area. Ingathering 2002 will be like a family reunion when we hear directly from individuals that benefit from our family-oriented programming. We could not continue without the sacrificial involvement of listeners," shared Paul Gathany, general manager of CDR Radio. The network has also established a Vision Fund with an initial goal of $80,000 over and above regular giving. The station will use this Vision Fund to expand its coverage in additional communities in Ohio and upgrade its broadcast equipment with the next generation of digital audio and associated data services. In addition, contributions to the Vision Fund will support broadcast assistantships for college students. Listeners can call 1-800-333-0601 or visit the station's secure Web site